According to The Film Stage (via Production Weekly), filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is preparing his next project for Searchlight Pictures: developing the film adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s novel ‘Poor Things’. The book is a reimagining of the classic Frankenstein story. This project will also see Emma Stone reunite with Lanthimos, who previously worked together on ‘The Favorite’, in 2018.

First published in 1992, ‘Poor Things’ is a Victorian setting novel that will feature Stone as Bella Baxter, a beautiful young erotomaniac who is brought back to life with the brain of a baby. He was also inspired by the classic Gothic novel ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelly.

The official synopsis of the film notes the following:

Seemingly the memoirs of the late 19th century Glasgow physician Archibald McCandless, the narrative follows the strange life of Bella Baxter, an emancipated woman and a volatile and overexposed Frankenstein. Bella is not her real name; Like Victorian Blessington, she drowned to escape her abusive husband, but a surgeon removed the brain from the fetus she was carrying and placed it in her skull, resuscitating her. The revived Beauty is the mental age of a child. Engaged to marry McCandless, she chloroforms him and runs off with a shady lawyer who leads her on a dizzying adventure, jumping from Alexandria to Odessa to a Parisian brothel. As her brain matures, Bella develops a social conscience, but her rescheduled nuptials to Archie are interrupted when her rightful husband, General Sir Aubrey Blessington,“.

The film’s script is being adapted by Lanthimos and Tony McNamara, with whom he also previously worked on the period drama, and shared a Best Original Screenplay nomination alongside Deborah Davis. Production is scheduled to start this year in the fall.

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